CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County deputies continue to investigate the shooting of a trainer with the state Division of Homeland Security.
Investigators now say the gunshot suffered by Frank Kennedy Sunday afternoon near Rutledge was a self-inflicted wound.
Kennedy was shot in the chest and is hospitalized. He’s expected to survive.
The shooting happened at a home on Don’s Drive about 2:30 p.m.
Deputies found the handgun believed to have fired the shot in the woods near the home. They think it may have been an accident.
Kennedy is a former New York-area police officer who was dispatched to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. He spoke with reporters at this year’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony last month at the state capitol in Charleston.
“NYPD sent out a request for any available law enforcement personnel throughout the state of New York and New Jersey to respond if they could,” explained Kennedy. “We sent myself and nine other men and a lieutenant and we worked for 36 hours basically securing the perimeter of the Trade Center.”
An investigation into Sunday’s shooting continues.